Jeffrey Gallat: federal judge.

In his own words.

Everyone at school said that I was lazy or stupid or both. After a while I began to believe them. Sometimes, I just gave up.

My parents never gave up on me although it must have been a great disappointment to those two scholarly people that their first born could barely graduate from high school.

They encouraged me to go to college and I did, graduating last in my class. I wanted to go to law school against the best advice of my school counselors. Again they encouraged and supported me, this time along with one of my professors, Dr. Hugo Mailey.

Law school was easier than college because there was more emphasis on concepts and less on rote learning, my greatest weakness.

I was a lucky one. Loving parents, a college professor and a law school roommate supported me, encouraged me and refused to let me fall victim to my frustrations and give up.

By the age of thirty-seven, I was a judge.

It is the schools which hold the key to avoiding the type of conflict we see in the family courts. An early diagnosis of the problem and an integrated treatment plan, including not only help for the child, but, also, counseling for the parents, would save many children now going astray.